Any companies may subject to a “dawn raid”. Dawn raids are surprise investigations of premises carried out by the authorized officers of the Competition Commission (“the Commission”). Dawn raids are usually carried out without prior warning.
When competition authorities decide to carry out a dawn raid on a company, it is usually because they have reasonable grounds to suspect that serious anti-competitive conducts have taken place or is about to take place.
As such, advance preparation is essential since obstruction of search is a criminal offence.